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and the religion of syria's president assad. if he is overthrown, will all alawites become targets? >>> and bob faw on what some catholic school systems are doing to try to survive? >> our educational system was imploding. enrollment-wise, finance wise, something radical, radical surgery had to be done. >> announcer: major funding for "religion & ethics news weekly" is dedicated to i founder's interest in religion, community development and education. additional funding also provided by mutual of america, designing customized individual group and retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. the january henson foundation, and the corporation for public broadcasting. >>> welcome, i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. arguments continue over the so-called "fiscal cliff" deal approved this week in the fina minutes of the 112th congress. and religious groups are among those weighing in. the family research council criticized the deal for not including spending cuts and entitlement reforms. meanwhile, leaders of the christian group bread for the world said while the measure
protection to religion in the u.s. constitution. this interview part of booktv's college series was recorded at the university of pennsylvania will -- pennsylvania. it's about 20 minutes. >> university of pennsylvania professor sarah gordon, "the spirit of the law" is her most recent book. what do you mean when you talk about the old constitutional world and the new constitutional world when it comes to religion? >> guest: well, for most of her nation's history with the states rather than federal government that controlled access to religious worship, the rights of religious organization and so on, and in the early decades of the 20 century that began to shift. the supreme court applied the national constitutional establishment and exercise clauses of the first amendment against the state, sort of centralizing debates about religion. >> host: but if the states for control, we had it written into our constitution, freedom of religion. >> guest: we did indeed that the first amendment began, congress shall i not know love so it was addressed only to the national government. >> host: were ther
, the persecution started to come into my life. my mother asked me, do you love your religion more than your parents? i told her, i love both. she hated me for following christ, and she used to say bad words to me. >> reporter: physical attacks soon followed. she says her mother threatened to kill her with a sickle and blind her with a nail. >> my mother told me, if you're blind, you will stop going to church. she took the nail, pushed me to the ground, and tried to stick the nail into my eyes. i moved, and the nail hit my ear. >> reporter: sarada escaped to the jungle where she now lives with a friend. christians not only come under attack from co-workers and family members, but also churches come under fire from maoist and hindu militants. one point in case is this church in the remote area of southeastern nepal. >> good to see you, brother. god bless you. let's sit down and have you tell me what's been going on here with your church. >> non-believers came to our church and demanded that we join their festival and worship idols. we told them we don't worship like this. >> reporter: the christians
the conditions of liberty. the founders did not consider natural rights reasonable because religion affirmed them. rather, the founders considered religion reasonable because it secured natural rights. there may, however, be a cultural contradiction. the contradiction is that while religion can sustain liberty, liberty does not necessarily sustain religion. this is both of paramount importance because of the similar importance of the declaration of independence. america's public philosophy is distilled in the declarations second paragraph. we hold these truths to be self-evident. notice how our nation was born with an association the important political are not only noble, they are self-evident, meaning they can be known by any not quoted by ignorance and superstition. it is as the declaration says self-evident clear that all men are created equal equal not only in their access to the important political truths, but also being endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. next in the declaration comes perhaps the most important word
and animosity with the wars of religion but also colonial religious domination by europeans and added to that anti-catholicism that implicated not only germany but other nations as well year in the u.s. like to think those times are in the past and religious violence was somewhere else and characterized by christian values. today we have many reasons to doubt that. searching for critical self examination as we have the ear and suspicion to disfigure all democracy. april 2011 in france it is illegal to cover the face from parks to the marketplace of local law does not mention the word winded, and muslim or fail or burqa but it was a band on veiling but it did threatens french values of dignity and equality. although france is a good country to put the ban on the burqa in public space but it is being considered all over europe in many have adopted restrictions. april 28, 2011 belgium voted for a similar ban although it is expected to be challenged. spain 2010 the catalonia and assembly nearly rejected the ban on the burqa reid -- reversing an earlier vote. similar votes are in progress
separation between matters of the state and religion -- at least officially -- but in some parts of the world like saudi arabia, the state is governed in accordance to religious principles. the country's laws are based on wahhabi is long, the particularly strict interpretation of the muslim faith -- wahhabi islam. \ women, for instance, how far fewer rights than men. campaigners have accused saudi arabia of violating human rights. now, controversies have erupted in kosovo where the automation has invested millions in building mosques. even moderate muslims are worried at these developments. than a religious dignitaries from the world over are gathered for the dedication ceremony of the international center for into religious and intercultural dialogue. the three founding nations -- saudi arabia, spain, and austria -- were represented by their foreign ministers. among the 600 guests was the united nations secretary- general. the saudi government provided some 15 million euros in funding for the dialogue center for the first three years. >> we are most grateful to his majesty for his farsighted
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, momentum is building rapidly for bar knee frank for senate. the politics of religion. the pastor who was forced to withdraw today because he said homosexuality is a sin. which is the bible teaches. the same bible that the president will hold when he takes the oath of office. why can't you use the bible as a prop at the inauguration? riddle me that? mine was earned in djibouti, africa, 2004. the battle of bataan, 1942. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto-insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. nothing. are you stealing our daughter's school supplies and taking them to work? no, i was just looking for my stapler and my... this thing. i save money by using fedex ground and buy my own supplies. that's a great idea. i'm going to go... we got clients in today. [ male announcer ] save on ground shipping at
made the masters work on religion and i looked at traditional societies. what lessons did you learn about the role of spirituality in the societies we might be missing? >> religion has different functions in traditional societies. from the function that it functions that it has in modern society. traditional societies use religion a lot more explanation, now science provided the explanations of why there's tides and why the sun seems to go across the sky. so there's a function of religion that has become lost with time. religion still has its function of offering comfort, of helping deal with anxiety. religion used to have a function of teaching us to obey the king or obey the president. the reasons that we obey the president today are not because of religion but because of the rule of law. >> interesting. professor jared diamond, thank you so much for all of that. >> you are welcome. >>> and up next, coughing, sneezing and wheezing. the flu outbreak infecting the nation. >> excuse me. >> how facebook -- well timed there, s.e. facebook helping some fight back. we'll explain it next.
and journalist george will on religion and american politics. he addressed students and faculty at the john danforth center in early december. this is an hour and a half. >> and now finally it is my honor to introduce senator john danforth, who will introduce mr. will. senator danforth is a partner with the law firm of ryan gave. he graduated with honors from princeton university where he majored in religion. and he received a bachelor of divinity degree from the. >> divinity school, and a bachelor of laws degree from yale law school. he practiced law for seven years and then began his political career in 1968, when he was elected attorney general of missouri in his first race for public office. he was reelected to that post in 1972. missouri voters didn't elected him to the u.s. senate in 1976. and reelected him in 1982 and 1988, for a total of 18 years of service there. senator danforth initiated major legislation in areas such as international trade, telecommunications, health care, research and development, transportation, and civil rights. he was later appointed to council by attorney
time can be spent on things like religion and nationalism. they say the move is a step backward. we have a report from jakarta. >> learning about the motion. it is a prime exercised for children around the world. these children may lose out on some experiments of the government goes ahead with taking a science out of the curriculum. >> science is cool. lots of beautiful, objects can be made through science. when i grow up, i want to be a professor in biotechnology. >> the education ministry says there too overburdened for such causes and they want schools to focus mainly on religion, nationalism, the indonesian language, and math. that would mean the end of signs causes so they could learn about their country's frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. >> they are the right age to learn. they are ready to learn the basic concepts of science. what about their future? >> fascinated to listen to listen to the explanation about the many volcanoes. science is important to learn the way of thinking. they say it is necessary for them to be able to compete internationally. indonesia's's
parents like that. very modern. very open-minded. unlike for some, there's no question of religion, of color of skin, or anything like that. people can be all beautiful. it depends on who they are, but it is not a question of color. for me, both of us were beautiful. and i loved color. color of the skin. tattoo on the skin, which is a kind of color. some blue colors that you add. and i wanted to show that. when i started, i remember that there were some beautiful girls. they're beautiful. but i felt like, ok, but there is also beauty. i have a girlfriend which was modeling for me that i met very early when i started that was from a french colony. she was beautiful and black and very inspiring, very nice. i say, yes, why not. for me, a difference was beautiful. they looked to me, and i wanted to show it. another kind of different was the fact that when i saw farida, i said, my god, she is incredible. i was very impressed by her beauty. very frightened even by her beauty. she was kind of a very arrogant imperial. and african and beauty with a special expression. not arrogant. but bea
seen a resurgence of followers, but it was not always this way. during the soviet era, religion was frowned upon, and many died trying to protect it. others followed their faith in secret. >> i was allowed to go to church again, but 42 years ago, i had to baptized by daughter. -- baptized my daughter. >> religion has always united the russian people. i think it is part of tradition. history shows everything has been done in the interest of god and religion. >> the role of the church in secular russia is being questioned more and more. during the past year, the relationship between the russian orthodox church and the state has been put under the microscope. some worry the opposition is becoming too close. >> the cathedral of christ the savior itself was the scene of the punk band, pussy riot's protest against putin's relationship with the church. in the christmas eve address, they called for pulte -- for freedom of speech to be protected. 2012 was a turbulent year in russia. many are hoping 2013 will bring peace and reconciliation. >> the french actor gerard depardieu has been of
it clear while we don't have jurisdiction over religion in the same way we don't over sexual orientation, what we're seeing in all of these -- and all of these are case by case, you can't just broad sweep the laws -- when students are bullied and harassed in this world because of religion, in most instances a lot of that is not about race or religion, it's because. perception that students that share certain religious traits also share certain ethnicities and that is discrimination and that falls under title 6. it is not just about enforcing the laws that make it clear how the laws apply. it is, though, as we said, you can't get at this through enforcement alone. this is a culture that tolerates this and in too many ways promotes it. as tom mentioned we have an unprecedented partnership not just between our agencies but agencies across the federal government that the president has convened to bring our best resources and minds to bear to do something about it. there is now a web site, stopbullying.gov where a tool kit is being developed and these kinds of best practices are being promo
religion? everyone talks about separation of church and state, a very good principle, but what do we find in the constitution? the establishment clause that says congress should not pass a law to establish one religion over another. the second thing is congress should not pass any law that is going to prohibit the free exercise of religion. we don't want government to be saying we're going to build your church after sandy but this mosque we will not build, no, they should be in the exact same footing and they should apply like every other nonprofit should apply. stuart: you think the money should come from the government to repair damage to churches, mosques and temples? >> yes, absolutely. stuart: you push for that? >> absolutely, unless we think that churches are simply not a plus for society. stuart: right, now under obama care, catholic institutions, hospitals, for example, must provide birth control and they must provide morning after abortion pills. they have got to do this. the obama administration says you have got to do that. they are abandoning the separation of church and state
deres religiosos nos dicen por qué la religion puede meterse en la política >>que pasa si hugo chávez no pude tomar posesion el jueves >>el nuevo gobernador de puerto rico no quiere que la isla sea el estado número 51 de estados unidos. >>el chef josé andrés nos enseña a comer. >>todo en al punto. >>nos vemos el domingo 10 am. y 13 hrs en california. >>la autoridad pide ayuda por television para arrestar a sospechosa de pornografia, y tuvo buen resultado >>celebran con prostitutas dentro de embajada >>subastan foto de la princesa diana. <>>tres pollicias resultaron heridos en distintos hechos en nueva york el primero que estaba fuera de servicio, resulto herido de bala en el bronx otro en estacion metro brooklyn donde hubo un tiroteo >>se ha quedado dormido? pues esta sitaucion es frecuente, uno de cada 20 conductores ha admitido que esto le ha sucedido, lo que demuestra que es causa de accidentes. >>y revelan imágenes de presunta pedófila. gracias a la television está tras las rejas >>la ayuda del público fue determinante para arrestar a lisa montemayor de 52 años, su rostro se observa e
religion, but particularly islam, there's not always a clear understanding to what the first amendment guarantees, which is the right to teach about a religion but not proselytize about it. i think there's fear of associating with anyone associated with islam. there are events outside our control that creates more interest and unfortunately also makes people more afraid. one of the programs we are about to launch is putting all our content online so a teacher in north dakota where there are no muslim, potentially, no expert can come to her classroom, they can go to our web site and download the content and teach the things we are teaching. >> i think partnerships are the best way to overcome the limitations because we all have limitations. and sometimes it's just visibility. we actually have on our web site 50 short films and one of them is a muslim student from a school in fremont going to a school in arinda talking about what it's like going to school as a muslim in the united states and they are asking questions and you see we are all kids in school and we have more similaritie
. but those outside of the religion outside of the space, were surprised because they thought annapolis was so traditional. guess again. the national cathedral where presidents are blessed after inauguration, and where they and other national figures are remembered in death. today the spot light falls on the marble and stone again after it was announced that same-sex weddings will be conducted within its walls. >> i am surprised. >> the dean of the cathedral said the move was due in part to the recent legalization of same- sex marriage in maryland. but mainly, it was time. >> the church has been looking at this issue for the last two decades. for us inside the church, this is the natural culmination of the process. >> the director of religion and faith for the human rights campaign. >> this is a benchmark in the history of our nation when art national cathedral says we are moving forward. >> the national organization for marriage, which supports marriages only between a man and woman say the simplest way to prevent same-sex ceremonies in charges is to fight for the recognition of marriage in c
, religion. which we grew up with. these were part of our culture. and somehow because we're living in this very highly technological society, stories telling is not getting the importance it should get. >> right. and this idea of attaching emotion even to, you know, math, god forbid, or something like that. >> math, music, emotion. also, it's important to parcel out time. so, you know, the critical brain cannot multitask. your auto no, ma'amic brain can. but that's a myth. so do one thing at a time and do it with focused attention. so there's, you know, work time, sleep time -- >> you're saying i shouldn't be looking at my blackberry when talking to my wife? >> no. >> for a lot of reasons. something i thought was interesting and very specific, i love to make lists. i make lists if i go to the grocery store and things like that. and i'm very dependent on those lists. you say that's not such a good idea. >> yeah. because, you know, again, those who have very good memories, they connect those lists with images in the brain. or with emotions. and that's -- that's what is good for a gra
are taught? >> story telling, stories of great heros, heroines, mystery, mythology, religion, which we grew up with. you know, these were part of our culture, and somehow, you know, because we're living in this very highly technological society, story telling is not getting the importance it should get. >> right. >> and this idea of attaching emotion even to, you know, math, god forbid. >> to math, music, emotion. >> right. >> to anything. also it's important to parcel out time, so, you know, the critical brain cannot multitask. your automatic brain can, but your cortical brain can't, it's a myth. do one thing at a time with focused attention. there's work time, sleep time. >> you are saying i shouldn't be looking at my blackberry when i'm talking to my wife. >> no. >> no for a lot of different reasons. >> doing neither. >> that's what she says as well. >> something i thought interesting and very specific was i love to make lists. i make lists if i go to the grocery store and things like that, and i'm very dependant on those lists. you say that's not such a good idea? >> yeah, because, agai
the rooftops. and they're the perfect symbol for his multicultural city. >> love animals knows no religion or creed. this hobby is shared by kurds, turks, and arabs. >> from pierce said this to feats of light, no where else are people so passionate about pigeons as in turkey. >> that brings us to the end of this last edition of "european journal" in 2012. until next year, happy new year from all of us in brussels. bye for now. captioned by the national captioning institute --
other team has achieved. he will stay at the school he teaches religion. >>> when you have a week between gamnes.the media needs a story. who is going to be the kicker? akers or cunfiff coach? >> i cannot really think about it as a competition. i am just going in to practice so i would normally practice. >> it has been laid out very quickly and clearly. and to not worry about anything else just give us your trust. your best. and professional. football the super bowl is february third. in the new orleans. super bowls ads $4 million per 30 second spot. last year it was 3.5 million. the popularity of football apparently is never ending. >> cotton bowl - texas a&m vs oklahoma heisman winner johnny manziel aka "johnny football" 41-13manziel gets out of trouble and turns it into a 23-yard touchdown run manziel set a cotton bowl record of 516 total yards 229 rushing 287 passing he also had 3 td final: 41-13 tyexas a&m >> wmn hoops stanford colorado womens hoops - stanford vs colorado tara vanderveer trying to bounce back aftr a blowout loss to uconn 6-3 center joslyn tinkle hits a 3-poin
in his application process ryan made some sort of statements denying his religion and that's why his application was rejected. ryan's family says that is simply not true. they believe their son's application was denied because of his sexual orientation. allie rasmus. >>> governor brown slammed the allegations of prison allegations. >> i've read most of those. >> i read some of them. >> the senator pounded one of the reports. he says it's time to return to state control. >> california is a powerful state. we can run our own prisons. and by god let those judges give us our prisons back we'll run them right. >> brown said it would take -- he would take his fight to the u.s. supreme court if necessary. >> federal judges imposed a prison population cap back in 2009 after they found that overcrowding violates inmates constitutional rights. the state is already sending thousands of less serious offenders to local jails under a law passed just under a year ago. this new federal order would require california reduce the prison population by 33,000 more inmates to about 110,000 total prisoners
in iraq. want to return to peace than confront the terrorists who want to split religions in iraq. >> the leaders of sudan and south sudan are meeting in addis about a -- abbaba to negotiate border disputes. pseudonym and south sudan came close to war last year over the disputes. both accused each other of supporting rebels in each other's territories. talks are expected to continue on saturday. oil production is expected to rise significantly, with several new projects being launched. many nigerians say the increase is unlikely to and fuel shortages blamed on corruption in the industry. marketria's black business is thriving. motorists have little choice. i have to buy the fuel at higher prices from the young man pedaling it on the roadside, or indoor long queues of filling stations, up to 24 hours. why this should be happening in the world's sixth largest oil producer is a question many ask. the anti-corruption authority concluded investigations into the oil sector. >> we produce 14 million barrels of crude oil daily. people, to get the product for their daily use -- it is very
has alarmed human rights activists. >> this is not what religion teaches us. i think it is a complete breakdown of law and order in pakistan. civilian and law enforcement agencies of police and paramilitary agencies such as rangers and frontier constabulary, useless and imtent. >> the officer in charge of the village now says he'll try to persuade people to trust the system. >> we'll try to regain the people's confidence. we will perform our duties had so people have faith in the police. >> unless the killers are punished and drastic measures are taken to ensure mob attacks don't become the norm, killings like this will continue. >> police in india have denied accusations by the male friend of the delhi gang rape victim that officers didn't act fast enough to help her. as vigils continue to remember the 23-year-old woman, police are under pressure over allegations by the victim's friend who was also injured in the attack. he told local tv that police wasted time deciding which stition assign -- station to assign the case to. >> we didn't have our clothes on. we kept waiting for help,
. to be fair to all persons. all ethnicities, all sexual orientations, and religions. an african-american, a woman. don't lose sight of the purpose of the conversation today. today jane and i want to make a statement that oftentimes foreshadowed when you don't have the pulpit. today we successfully have demonstrated that even the sidelines, even the corner, you can raise your voice, have another opportunity, another option, viable, strong, that has integrity, is thoughtful, filled with love and compassion. that is what leadership is about. stepping forth outside of your comfort zone and doing things sometimes when people to the left and to the right, no pun intended, are not able to do at that particular moment. so - as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the march in washington, the commemoration of the first time in history san francisco mayor has been led by an asian american, five board of supervisors; we are leaving the country. they are watching and paying attention. every person that can hear my voice, every
there was a san francisco interface council there was the san francisco conference on religion, race and social concerns which for 25 years was the voice of social justice in the city and county of san francisco. it was that movement that gave birth to the san francisco interfaith council whose mission it is to bring people together of different faiths, to celebrate our diverse spiritual and religious traditions, build understanding, and serve our city. it was a previous mayor that challenged the interface council to step up to the place, to respond to its moral responsibility to care for the homeless at a time of crisis spun out of control, and we did. for almost a quarter of a century we have opened our congregation doors, fed and provided a warm and safe place for homeless men to sleep during the coldest and rainiest nights of the year. it's been this mayor and his predecessors who look to what happened at hurricane katrina, saw the key role that congregation leaders, facilities and congre gants can play at the time of a diseafert disaster and called us to stakeholders and mayor lee invi
at this and say, what civilization was this? what religion drove them to do this? we keep doing the same things over and over again. many researchers believe these archeo-astronomical sites are very specifically designed where other researchers say it's all coincidence. but not long ago i was up at a place called chimney rock in southwest colorado. and it's over 8,000 feet. and you are up at the southern end ftd rocky mountains and there is this scarp of rock that rises up probably about a thousand feet out of a valley floor and right at the tip of this scarp there are two twin towers of rock. if you get to a certain place on top of this very narrow butte, you can see between these twin towers and there happens to be a great house built between these two towers and every 18.6 years when the moon goes into its northernmost point on the horizon, it rises between those two towers. i was there at the beginning of the last 18.6 year cycle and we stood up there, probably 20 of us, researchers, forest service people, all gathered at the same spot with cameras and huddled -- it was late december at 8,0
humans? our modern human ancestors practiced ritual and religion. similar evidence for neanderthals has been elusive. then a team of archaeologists made an intriguing discovery in southern spain. their finds hint at the existence of a neanderthal ritual. inside this cave, a team led by michael walker excavated a deep shaft in which they found more than 300 bones from around ten neanderthals buried by rockfalls from the unstable ceiling. three of the neanderthals stood out. walker thinks they weren't necessarily the victims of a rockfall. if there are rocks falling on you from a natural rockfall, it would be very strange to find nobody trying to escape and one of them with the hands close to the head in almost sleeping position. narrator: although the bones of this young female are fused to the limestone rock and are hard to see, michael walker thinks her body may have been carefully arranged in a fetal position. if he's right, this was no rockfall. around 50,000 years ago, someone had intentionally buried her piling stones to protect her body. and this cave had yet mor
religion will come under al tackth if obama is reelected, this country is over! [ laughter ] >> jon: i'm not sure what happened. i thought -- i -- i blacked out in the middle of that and woke up with an ak -- whatever this is. i'm sure i'll get letters about what this really is. which is plastic is what it really is. [ laughter ] it brings us back to the more direct issue of guns. >> gun control doesn't work. >> jon: or not. [ laughter ] i keep forgetting what else? >> we have a mental health system in this country completely and totally collapsed. >> jon: okay, okay. again, 100%. thank you, wayne lapeeer far bringing this up. the mentally ill live on the streets and are in prison. it's up to us to help them find proactive care. this is what we have to address. >> we have no national database of these lunatics. >> jon: or that. or that. [ laughter ] i was going to say compassionate total care of mental illness or lunatic database. although isn't that what the internet is? isn't that a national database. what would be the criteria for the lunatic database? what would you say to get on i
. >> jon: how do you become a master. is it a philosophy, a religion, a way of life. >> to be a master, you've got to study with a master and then he says, tag, you're it. >> jon: it's really not an accredititied situation. how do you know he's a master. does he say i'm the zen master and you're like, all right. >> he's got. i'll tell you how i know. >> jon: okay. >> i'm going to make you a zen master now and perhaps you can do this on your moment of zen. >> jon: i'd like that. >> okay. >> jon: am i going to have to walk across coals or anything? or am i cool? >> it's very simple. are you ready? stay right where you are. hua! boom man. >> jon: that's it? >> now you are done. [cheers and applause] now, we can continue although mine has a brownish tint to it. what does that mean a brownnose. i don't know i'm brown nosing. we can continue the interview. >> jon: all right. so that's all it takes. >> to see if -- >> jon: i'm a zen master i'm patch adams. what did you -- [ laughter ] >> bernie is also a clown. >> jon: he is a clun? >> he is a clown, a zen master. >> jon: sounds lost to me. >> no,
a studfent up the street. my question is on religion. how big of a role does religion play in the overall aspect of terrorism. how big of a r ole has it played in the u.s.'s policy on counterterrorism? >>the question is what is the role of religion either from the terrorist perspective or the combating counterterrorism perspective. from the terrorist perspective what we have mostly found is that adherence from al qaeda broadly misinterpreted and taken extremist views and perverted islam as a religion to be able to coerce and otherwise control their followers in doing things that are very much what the tenants of islam would say. we quoted a scholar and others that talked about the prohibition of killing innocent civilians. when they talk about the majority of people being killed by al qaeda are muslims contradicted the religion of islam and pointed out they were violating the tenet. so in general, helping to highlight the perversion of the religion in terms of the information we are doing has been helpful and that is what was done with the deadly vanguards report. it identified the probl
as well. we'll talk to her next. >> and later when asked about their religion, how many members of the new congress checked the box none. the answer may surprise you. stay tuned. this is msnbc, the place for politics. >>> the single biggest issue we have right now is the massive, massive debt hanging over the heads of our children and grandchildren. we need to address it, and the american people elected divided government. they expect us to deal with the problems, even though they are hard to deal with when you have different points of view. >> republican leader mitch mcconnell there trying to put the fiscal cliff in his rear view mirror but some on the right may not let him. mcconnell is now one of several republicans being targeted by tea party groups who say they are ready to take on the establish nntment again in 2014. with me is amy creamer, head of the tea party express. >> good to see you. >> president for the americans with prosperity, tim phillips said in part, quote, lawmakers will not be judged solely on how they voted on the fiscal cliff, but it is a big vote to get wrong. obvi
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